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Strange Names
May 5, 2015 12:51pm | StereoGum
Brooklyn via Minneapolis pop trio Strange Names are steadily ramping up to the release of Use Your Time Wisely. Lead single, "Ricochet" has already received the video treatment and a remix from Yeasayer, and today the group shares "Neighborhood," which overflows with '80s dance and New Wave vibes. Layers of synths, spanning … More »




Mike Huckabee Sees Ben Carson
May 5, 2015 12:41pm | StereoGum
Today, former Governor of Arkansas Mike Huckabee officially announced his bid for presidency. Huckabee will once again seek the Republican nomination in 2016. At Republican rival Ben Carson's announcement yesterday, the renowned neurosurgeon and hip-hop hater invited a gospel choir onto the stage to perform an a cappella rendition of Eminem's "Lose Yourself." Confounding, … More »




Mikal Cronin
May 5, 2015 12:30pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Last night, Mikal Cronin offered a flawless late-night performance of “Turn Around”, a standout track off new album MCIII. Today, the indie rocker’s let loose its accompanying visual, directed by comedian Kurt Braunohler and done in collaboration with JASH, the YouTube channel founded by Michael Cera, Tim & Eric, Sarah Silverman and Reggie Watts.

The hilarious clip stars actress/comedian Kristen Schaal (Bob’s BurgersThe Last Man on Earth), who is in the process of making a shot-for-shot reenactment of Natalie Imbruglia’s famous “Torn” music video. There is a lot of great pouting on Imbruglia’s Schaal’s part, as well as random cameos from the Kool-Aid Man and a cute puppy. Watch below.



Rich Homie Quan
May 5, 2015 12:23pm | StereoGum
Rich Homie Quan continues his Grand Theft Auto: Vice City narrative after a speedboat getaway, bikini clad women, gold, and the pursuit of more money in his video for "Flex," and plenty more where that came from on If You Ever Think I Will Stop Going In Ask Royal Rich. Today, the … More »



Blanck Mass (mem Fuck Buttons) streaming new LP, touring, playing 2 Northside shows (one with Zola Jesus & Container)
May 5, 2015 12:20pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Alex de Mora

Fuck Buttons member Benjamin John Power, aka Blanck Mass, is releasing his noisy/electronic new album, Dumb Flesh, next week (5/12) via Sacred Bones. Head below to stream it in full ahead of its release.

Blanck Mass also has tour dates coming up, including two Brooklyn shows during the Northside Festival. The first is a headlining midnight show at Saint Vitus on Saturday, June 13 (tickets), and then he opens the Zola Jesus show happening Sunday, June 14 at Warsaw. Since we last spoke, another noisy electronic musician, Container, was added to the Warsaw show as well. Tickets are still available.

All Blanck Mass dates are listed, with the new album stream, below...

Continue reading "Blanck Mass (mem Fuck Buttons) streaming new LP, touring, playing 2 Northside shows (one with Zola Jesus & Container)" at brooklynvegan


They Might Be Giants released 'Glean,' add more MHOW dates, including 2 family matinees and 'Lincoln' show
May 5, 2015 12:17pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Longtime North Brooklyn residents They Might Be Giants have been doing a series of shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg this year, playing albums in full, including an upcoming one on May 31 where they'll play 2007's The Else while also highlighting their revamped Dial-a-Song service. They've just added more shows at MHOW: on Sunday, June 21 they'll play two matinee shows "for the whole family" (12:30 PM and 3:30 PM) and then on July 26 they'll play their classic second album, Lincoln, in full. Tickets for those newly-added shows go on sale Friday (5/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (5/6) at noon. All dates are listed below.

In other news, TMBG released their 17th album, Glean, in April. Most of the songs were first heard on their Dial-a-Song service. You can stream it via Rdio below...

Continue reading "They Might Be Giants released 'Glean,' add more MHOW dates, including 2 family matinees and 'Lincoln' show" at brooklynvegan


Stream Vomitface Another Bad Year EP (Stereogum Premiere)
May 5, 2015 12:16pm | StereoGum
We heard from Brooklyn/Jersey City punk trio Vomitface when they released their self-titled debut LP on puke-green vinyl last year, and now they're back with the equally filthy Another Bad Year EP. While they've preserved their head-bludgeoning guitar riffs and sardonic lyricism, these five new songs are tighter and more complicated. The songs are … More »



Apple, record labels pressuring Spotify to reduce free streaming
May 5, 2015 12:10pm | Cosequence Of Sound

Record labels are pushing back against Spotify’s free streaming service. Once seen as a way to attract more listeners to partake in a struggling industry, the companies behind the music are now beginning to worry about their revenue streams.

Financial Times reports that the mother of all labels, Universal Music Group, is currently using contract negotiations to try and force Spotify to put more limitation on its free service.


Stream Eskimeaux O.K.
May 5, 2015 12:07pm | StereoGum
Eskimeaux is Gabrielle Smith, a Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter who plays in Frankie Cosmos' band and who is part of an artists' collective called Epoch. Based on the above information, you'd probably expect her songs to be tape-hiss lullabies, but that's a few light years removed from where her sound is. On her new album … More »



Track Premiere: Les Big Byrd
May 5, 2015 12:05pm | CMJ

Les Big Bird – Photo by Dennis Wernersson


While they may look like aging mods who are letting their coifs go a bit, Les Big Byrd are Swedish garage and dance rock vets (Teddybears, Fireside, Caesars) who’ve come together to conjure up some sly, Kraut-y psych-rock. They’ve just released an EP, Stockholm Death Star, on Anton Newcombe’s A Recordings Ltd imprint.

And today we’re premiering this title track from their next EP, out May 13 on Hoga Nord. It’s a cool, grimy, ’60s spy flick instrumental that gets dragged up into the sky to go flying around with a stray analog synth. Check the song and tour stops below.


Tour Dates For Les Big Bird:
05/05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite
05/07 – Austin, TX – Red 7 – Levitation Kick Off Party
05/11 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right
05/12 – NYC – Cakeshop
05/14 – Brighton, U.K.- The Hope And Ruin – The Great Escape Festival

The post Track Premiere: Les Big Byrd – “Liquid Sky” appeared first on CMJ.


The Maccabees playing headlining shows during Mumford and Sons tour (dates & video from upcoming LP)
May 5, 2015 11:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

photo: The Maccabees at Bowery Ballroom in 2013 (more by Guy Eppel)

The Maccabees are already set to tour the US opening for Mumford & Sons, and they've now announced that they'll play some smaller headlining shows while they're here.

A few days after the two shows with Mumford in Coney Island (tickets) and the 'Gentlemen of the Road Stopover' in NJ with Mumford, Maccabees, Flaming Lips, Alabama Shakes and more (tickets), The Maccabees will hit NYC's Le Poisson Rouge on June 9. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (5/8) at 10 AM. All dates are listed below.

The Maccabees will be releasing their fourth album this year, and while most details on that are still TBA, they did recently put out its lead single "Marks To Prove It." Not a "return to form" necessarily, but it sounds like they're making driving rock again after the atmospheric, Coldplay-esque Given To The Wild. Watch the video below.

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Fetty Wap
May 5, 2015 11:58am | StereoGum
Plenty of people idolize Fetty Wap's exuberant druggy jam "Trap Queen," so why shouldn't it get a remix featuring Quavo of Migos, prolific and jail-bound Gucci Mane, and the ever-controversial Azealia Banks? "Trap Queen" is 18 months old after all, a song that rose from SoundCloud to release by Lyor Cohen's 300 Entertainment and currently … More »



Tim Schafer
May 5, 2015 11:51am | Fact Magazine

One of the greatest ever video game soundtracks gets remastered and reissued.

Nile Rodgers‘ video game OST label Sumthing Else has given a second musical life to Grim Fandango, the classic LucasArts’ point and click. Set on the Day of the Dead, the game is driven by a rampant latin jazz score by Tim Schafer. Appropriately, the soundtrack is released on the national Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo – May 5.

Grim Fandango Remastered includes the original score from the LucasArts archives, new compositions by Peter McConnell and new orchestral arrangements recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as new extended versions of jazz pieces re-mixed at Sony Computer Entertainment America.

You can stream some samples of it below, and buy it here.

The post Tim Schafer’s classic Grim Fandango soundtrack reissued by Nile Rodgers’ Sumthing Else appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..


Tim Schafer
May 5, 2015 11:51am | Fact Magazine

One of the greatest ever video game soundtracks gets remastered and reissued.

Nile Rodgers‘ video game OST label Sumthing Else has given a second musical life to Grim Fandango, the classic LucasArts’ point and click. Set on the Day of the Dead, the game is driven by a rampant latin jazz score by Tim Schafer. Appropriately, the soundtrack is released on the national Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo – May 5.

Grim Fandango Remastered includes the original score from the LucasArts archives, new compositions by Peter McConnell and new orchestral arrangements recorded with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, as well as new extended versions of jazz pieces re-mixed at Sony Computer Entertainment America.

You can stream some samples of it below, and buy it here.

The post Tim Schafer’s classic Grim Fandango soundtrack reissued by Nile Rodgers’ Sumthing Else appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..





David Kauffman And Eric Caboor
May 5, 2015 11:49am | StereoGum
The scenario is very familiar. You walk into a coffee shop to grab a quick cup of joe to power you through the rest of the evening. In the corner, quietly crooning into a close-mic'd guitar is a small town songwriter or two, guitar cases eagerly splayed open for tips. Maybe you stay for a … More »


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